Project Description

Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East – Climate and Atmosphere Research Centre (EMME – CARE)

 

A population of about 400 million is affected by dust storms, dryness, heat extremes and unparalleled air pollution in the “EMME” – Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East region, with severe environmental, health and socio-economic effects. Identified as a global Climate Change “hot spot”, EMME is facing adverse impacts ranging from extreme weather events to poor air quality, with increasing intensity in the coming decades.

 

“EMME-CARE” provides scientific, technological and policy solutions through the establishment of a world-class Research and Innovation Centre of Excellence, focusing on environmental challenges. To address these, the existing Atmosphere and Climate Division of the Cyprus Institute will be upgraded, its partnerships with world-renown institutes will be strengthened, and its status and contribution in regional/global networks of the field will be enhanced.

With competitive Horizon 2020 funding, as well as national and own resources, EMME-CARE will implement a combination of Research, Education, and Innovation activities, which will involve laboratory studies, instrument development, continuous comprehensive atmospheric observations, field experiments and computer modelling of the regional climate and chemical composition of the atmosphere. The programme focuses on the atmospheric environment (greenhouse gases, the water cycle, extreme weather, atmospheric dust and air pollution) and will address climate change and air pollution impacts.

EMME-CARE fully utilizes the strategically enabling geopolitical location of Cyprus to create and foster a gateway between Europe and the Middle East. By building on a critical mass of top scientists and engineers, promoting innovation via regular staff exchanges, networking regionally (Middle East) and globally, transferring knowledge and technology, and by supporting entrepreneurship and spinoffs, EMME-CARE will address challenges by furthering scientific leadership and excellence.